South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Computer-Aided Design Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


CAD 100 - Introduction to CADD (1.5, 2)

Students will analyze the field of Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD). Discussions to include uses and advantages/disadvantages of CADD. Midterm project includes a pro/con debate, or CADD reporting teams. Students are introduced to the AutoCAD2013 package on PC's during lab portion of course and are also introduced to the World Wide Web. Students will complete a series of structured exercises, followed by a student project.  Fee.

CAD 101 - Basic Drawing and Design  (IAI: MTM 911) (2, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: CAD 100

Students will learn basic drawing and design techniques using Computer-Aided Design and Drafting software (AutoCAD2012). Discussions will include graphics as a language, applied geometry, views, and basic dimensioning. Students will become familiar with the new user interface and gain proficiency in the use of CAD as a problem-solving tool. A student project will complete the course.  Fee.

CAD 105 - Special Applications (4, 7)

Prerequisite: CAD 101, DRF 101 and DRF 111

Students will study and learn unique techniques, using Computer-Aided Design and Drafting software (AutoCAD2013), which are used in special fields of drafting and design. These special areas include electricity and electronics, jigs and fixtures, structural drafting, pipe drawings and surface developments/intersections. Discussions will include new techniques, applications and problem solving ideas. Students will gain proficiency with the tool, and develop additional skills in its usage.  Fee.

CAD 109 - Architectural Design and Drafting I (4, 7)

Prerequisite: CAD 101 and DRF 101 or instructors approval

This course is one of two in a series designed to help students learn and communicate basic principles of architectural design and construction systems. Besides the basics of residential design and drafting (on AutoDesk Revit, topics include today's design issues (such as environmental design factors), access for people with disabilities, and disaster prevention design. In addition to structural systems, students also learn about the many support services required in the field of architectural design and construction.  Fee.

CAD 111 - Mechanical Design I (4, 7)

Prerequisite: CAD 105

This is the first of a series of three courses centered around the discipline of mechanical engineering technology. In addition to strengthening drawing and design skills, emphasis is placed upon threaded and other types of fasteners, manufacturing materials, and forming processes. Students will gain additional proficiency in the use of symbol libraries, and advanced dimensioning. Autodesk Revit is used extensively, and discussions will include advanced editing techniques and applications.  Fee.

CAD 209 - Architectural Applications II (4, 7)

Prerequisite: CAD 109

This course is a continuation of CAD 109. The students will focus on advanced techniques to reproduce 3-D drawings for residential and commercial buildings. There will be an introduction to perspective views, roof design and shading.  Fee.

CAD 212 - Mechanical Design II (4, 7)

Prerequisite: CAD 111

This is the second of a series of three courses centered around the discipline of mechanical engineering technology. In additional to strengthening drawing and design skills, emphasis is placed upon detail and assembly drawings, pictorial drawings, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, drawings for numerical control, welding drawings, and the process of conceptual design. Students will gain additional proficiency in the use of Autodesk Inventor, as a design and drafting tool.  Fee.

CAD 214 - Mechanical Design III (4, 7)

Prerequisite: CAD 212

This is the third of a series of three courses centered around the discipline of mechanical engineering technology. In additional to further strengthening drawing and design skills, emphasis is placed upon power transmission systems, including belts, gears and chains, couplings, bearings and seals, and cams, linkages, and actuators. Students will learn to maximize efficiency in the use of Autodesk Inventor as a design and drafting tool. In addition, students are introduced to the advanced design tool: Mechanical Desktop r4.  Fee.

CAD 260 - Solid Modeling (4, 7)

Prerequisite: CAD 214

Students will study and learn advanced conceptual and design techniques, using the integrated tool known as Mechanical Desktop. In addition to AutoCAD 2013, this package includes Autosurf (for surface modeling), and AutoCAD Designer, for 3-D solid and assembly modeling. Students learn how to use constraints and parametrics, and become familiar with mass properties such as mass, moments of inertia, and radii of gyration. Group projects allow student to gain a feel for the team concept, and to become familiar with real world design techniques.  Fee.

CAD 269 - Technical Publications (3.5, 6)

Prerequisite: CAD 101 and OAT 172

Students will be introduced to and will gain experience in the proper use of integrating technical publishing software (PageMaker) with CADD software to generate various technical documents including product specification sheets and technical guides.  Fee.

CAD 299 - Topics in Computer Aided Design (Variable, 1-10)

A class, seminar, or lab investigating a special topic or issue in computer aided design. Topics may not be offered more than two times in three years. This course may be repeated once for credit.

For more information, please contact Desmond Campbell, Program Coordinator at 708-596-2000 x2562.

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